29TH ANNUAL        

IN LOVING MEMORY OF OUR QUEEN MOTHER "IYALODE" NKECHI AJANAKU
WHO PASSED LAST YEAR, JUNE 1, 2017.


WE, AS AN ORGANIZATION HAVE BEEN GREATLY AFFECTED BY THE LOSS OF OUR BELOVED MOTHER & EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.
THIS YEAR'S THEME: "KUUMBA FOREVER"
IS IN HONOR OF HER LEGACY AND THE LEGACY OF THE KUUMBA FESTIVAL.
WE HAVE DECIDED TO HOLD A ONE (1) DAY FESTIVAL THIS YEAR TO TAKE THE NEEDED TIME 
TO SUSTAIN, ADVANCE, AND EXPAND THE PROGRAMMING OF
AFRICAN AMERICAN APPALACHIAN ARTS, INC'S MISSION AND VISION FOR THE FUTURE.



JOIN US THIS YEAR AS WE CELEBRATE 

"KUUMBA FOREVER"
 
FRIDAY, JUNE 22ND, 2018 
MARKET SQUARE & STAGE 
KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE


SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12 NOON - 10:00PM
THE AFRICAN MARKET PLACE
PERFORMANCES BY VARIOUS ARTISTS
COMMUNITY DANCE & DRUM CIRCLE
JUNKANU PARADE & STRUT
KUUMBA WATOTO DRUM & DANCE COMPANY
DETAILS COMING SOON!

                                        


 ***OUR MISSION*** 
Our mission was developed from the need to provide the African American community and the
Greater East Tennessee community incentive to promote social change through
culturally specific artistic programming and development.



 ***OUR HISTORY***
African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. (AAAA, Inc.) is a twenty-nine year old, non profit 501(c)3 cultural arts grassroots organization that focuses on positive social, economic and community development
by utilizing creative methods of education through cultural artistic programming and development. AAAA specializes in the presentation and development of cultural art forms in the African Diaspora i.e.
traditional African art forms, Caribbean, South American, and African American.
African American Appalachian Arts, Inc. coordinates and produces three primary projects:
The KUUMBA Festival, the Kuumba Watoto Urban Youth Institute / Kuumba Kamp and Haley Heritage Square International Literary and Storytelling Festival / Haley Heritage Square


 

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